Your essential guide to the week ahead from Citizen Femme’s resident astrologer, Zana Wilberforce.
This week sets off on a cosmic kerfuffle as pugnacious Mars collides with Jupiter on Monday 19.
Entry into Scorpio season begins on 22 October, beginning the sun’s month-long voyage into an overall mood of depth and intensity. Since we’re currently in Mercury retrograde as of 13 October, the general gist is to hold back on travel plans and any contractual commitments for the moment.
With it being Art Month at CF, it only felt natural to shine a light on an assortment of cultural happenings and how your (travel) horoscope can act as a guide for a much-needed culture fix as we shift towards introspection.
December 22 – January 19
Astro internet memes joke about the dark, dismal depths of Scorpio season, but this is a complementary moment for Capricorn. A light mood comes into play starting 22 October, when the Sun moves into Scorpio – sparking a collaborative and more thoughtful approach in the realm of creativity. You’d do well to get creative in a way that involves conversation and the exchange of words.
Channel your meticulous eye for detail at South Kensington’s highly anticipated new arts space, Cromwell Place, and go with a friend. An out-of-the-box interpretation could spur some new ways of thinking.
January 20 – February 18
The Sun enters Scorpio and your tenth house of career success for a full month. Goals and aspirations are at the forefront as the mood shifts, causing the mind to reach overload. Harness this productive energy with a slice of some visual and intellectual stimulation as part of your culture fix this month.
Grace Jones’ exhibition Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio is a look at the musician’s multifaceted career and her collaborations with other artists, covering themes of gender binarism, sexuality and performance. A focus on her career-long multiplicity, from disco queen to dub cyborg, is like a long look in the mirror for the paradoxical (and iconic) Aquarius.
February 19 – March 20
The good thing about starting the week with an intense Mars mashup is being able to get it out of the way. There’s confusion in the air but at least you can look forward to a clearer vision starting 22 October, when the Sun slinks into Scorpio in your ninth house of travel and adventure. Travel is tricky with Mercury still in retrograde (add to that the UK’s hefty quarantine list) but your abundant creativity has time warp capabilities. Turn to “IMAGES”, the second photo book by JACQUEMUS. A compilation of iPhone photos inspired by poetry and the designer’s lifestyle, it’s filled with sorbet sunsets, warm hues and faraway summers to transport the mind.
March 21 – April 19
So much steam in the air on Monday 19 as combative Mars and Jupiter collide, spurring all sorts of rash and impulsive thoughts. Check out House of Voga’s next dance class for an excuse to release any excess tension that could feel extra prickly as the Sun slides into Scorpio on 22 October.
The dynamic classes are taught by in-house professionals who combine traditional yoga movements with boxy voguing shapes inspired by Vogue, a stylised dance that originated out of the Harlem ballroom scene in New York. Upcoming classes are being held at Treehouse Hotel, ideal for a spot of lunch at the property’s foliage-filled rooftop restaurant The Nest.
April 20 – May 20
Two words: dynamic duos. Partnerships have been a crucial theme in your life this month, but this will only get more intense as the Sun enters passionate Scorpio and your seventh house of relationships.
One to avoid physical exertion, the DIY pasta kit by Flour & Grape is a swift but sophisticated at-home kit for hassle free indulgence. Recreate the restaurant’s fresh recipes with step-by-step cards from the comfort of your kitchen. Expert wine pairings can also be arranged.
May 21 – June 20
The time of introspection is here as the Sun begins a month-long visit to Scorpio and your sixth house of health, work and wellbeing. The mood for organisation is starting early this week, a magnetic pull luring out the deeper depths. Your culture fix begins with an innocent amble, knocking on the doors of local haunts, perusing book shops and stumbling upon new finds.
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Try snagging a reservation at Bermondsey’s latest supper club G.13 that feels like a Bushwick hideout. Dishes such as chilled yuzu soup and creative tangles of miso peanut butter popcorn were made to fuel your endless curiosity.
June 21 – July 22
Pushy Mars and outspoken Jupiter begin the week in combat mode during this week of contrasts. You’ll be glad to see the back of it this Thursday, 22 October when the Sun moves into your light-hearted and flirty fifth house.
Nourish Chateau Cancer in Aesop’s new Aromatique candles packaged in the brand’s signature minimalist design while losing yourself in a copy of Dolly Alderton’s debut novel, Ghosts. Told with Alderton’s whip-smart observations, the story follows 32-year-old Nina Dean, the woes of online dating and a love story about friendship.
July 23 – August 22
October has been a hodgepodge of social activity – where has the time gone? Comfort takes the limelight this week as the Sun visits Scorpio and your connective fourth house for the month ahead. As Scorpio season takes centre stage, you’ll feel the urge to retreat and streamline.
Explore your darker side with Blumhouse thrillers, an interactive virtual labyrinth of sanctuaries, live performances and mystic encounters on Prime Video. The concept was built by award-winning studio Little Cinema and will prove to be an out of the ordinary Friday night from the comfort of your couch.
August 23 – September 22
Your communication zone is heating up as the Sun enters Scorpio, shining a microscopic lens on your social life. Virtual group activities are likely to start piling in again, but that’s not so bad as the weather transitions. In fact, you’re wholeheartedly content playing quizmaster and methodically organising the rounds for everyone, bottle uncorked for the night ahead.
Cuvée Privée has a rare subscription model fit for your nurturing nature that enables wine lovers to adopt vines in a French vineyard. Future travel is on the cards for those who want to visit the winemaker and see their name-bearing vine in real life. Nurturing long-distance never tasted so good.
September 23 – October 22
Whether travelling, staying home or hitting the town, an experience is made joyous for Libra when shared. There’s more of a focus on the practicalities as the Sun soars into Scorpio this Thursday, October 22, entering your second house of financial security. Artistic by nature, it’s likely that your creative endeavours are intrinsically involved in your line of work. Visual stimulation is key.
Prepare to be challenged in Jan Hendrix’s landmark exhibition Paradise Lost at Kew Gardens, an examination on humanity’s impact on the natural world. The botanical gardens are a short walk away where alfresco installations and sculptures abound.
October 23 – November 21
Your magnetic pull is amplified as we enter Scorpio season this Thursday! Birthday season calls for full-on decadence and opulence in true Scorpio style. L’oscar has Scorpio all over it – theatrical flourish, heavy silk drapes and velvet-clad furniture.
The hotel is a stage and you’re the main show, wrapped in faux fur. Interior enthusiasts can relish in the sumptuous furnishings handpicked by Jacques Garcia, the French designer behind Hôtel Costes in Paris and La Mamounia in Marrakech. The choice of artwork points to literature and the classics.
November 22 – December 21
Time to delve into your twelfth house of rest, healing and closure this week as the Sun enters Scorpio. An intense Mars mashup with outspoken Jupiter could induce some impassioned moments so watch out for friction. Meditation with Calm could be a helpful resource for turning inward and embracing a slower pace.
For a healthy dose of escapism, watch Rebecca on Netflix, a new adaptation based on Daphne du Maurier’s tempestuous classic starring Lily James and Armie Hammer. Freedom-loving Sagittarius might relish in tracking down some of the film’s real-life locations and 17th-century manors in Dorset.